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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge proposes changes to hunting program


March 24, 2020

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and many fish hatcheries allow hunting on their lands. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas and fish hatcheries are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the outdoors in amazing places.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting program and is seeking public comment on the changes. The proposed changes include:

• Opening hunting of fourteen species: ducks, geese, American coots, American woodcock, mourning doves, gray (Hungarian) partridge, ruffed grouse, prairie grouse (sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken), ring-necked pheasants, wild turkeys, rabbits and hares and tree squirrels.

• Expanding existing white-tail deer hunting to include archery season.

You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Draft Hunting Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment. The documents are available beginning March 23, 2020 for 60 days. The documents will be also be available for additional comment during the Federal Register public comment period.

Draft documents are available on the refuge website or you can contact the refuge at 218-686-4329 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

The public comment period is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with staff and to provide your comments on the draft plan. You can submit comments to the refuge by mail 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, MN 56535 or email

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.

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